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18
Mar
Jason Barkhouse’s murder was nasty & personal

Jason Barkhouse’s murder was nasty & personal

Many of the unsolved murders I have written about for Frank have been crimes that were, for lack of a better term, quick and dirty. Dispassionate. 
But the June 1980 murder of Jason Robert Barkhouse was anything but. It was emotional. It was nasty. It was personal. 
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17
Mar
Somebody PUL-EEESE fix Carl’s crappy road!

Somebody PUL-EEESE fix Carl’s crappy road!

Digby-area resident Carl Trask is asking what it’s going to take to get some road improvements in his neck of the woods. 
Carl says he has been sending out letters to whoever he can because the road on which he lives, Gilberts Cove Road near Doucetteville, is so bad that service vehicles often have issues passing through. 
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17
Mar
The wheels of the bike lane ruckus go ’round, ’round, ’round...

The wheels of the bike lane ruckus go ’round, ’round, ’round...

 Plans for a bicycle lane on Kentville’s main drag have been put on the back burner by council, but some biz owners are still worried. 
 They’re also a bit miffed at what they see as a dismissive attitude from a councillor. 
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17
Mar
Saved by the bell...

Saved by the bell...

 There’s rarely a proposed school shuttering in this province that doesn’t begin with howls of outrage (and end in tears — ed.), and often enough there are hints of some sort of shenanigans to boot. 
 Such is the case of Pentz Elementary School in Pleasantville, on the South Shore, which was saved along with Petite Riviere School by court order. 
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05
Mar
Unpacking Acadia's problem child

Unpacking Acadia's problem child

When we think about suppression of free speech, we usually assume orthodoxy vs. heresy; arbitrary authority vs. dissent; prudery and hypocrisy vs. candor.
Today, attempts to curb speech are more likely from contending blocs in what we can loosely call the culture wars, gender wars and identity wars.
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